What is it about?

Men who use Intimate partner violence are often described as intentionally minimizing their violence and as manipulative. This article suggests that we can understand the ways they present themselves also as an indicator of underlying problems with meaning making in social settings, and problems with understanding own and others' fellings as meaningful.

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Why is it important?

This article uses interview data from men in treatment after Intimate partner violence, on how they perceive thei rrelationship to one of their children. This approach allows an examination of how these men talk about htmeselves to a professional about an important personal relationship in a setting where their use of violence is disclosed.


Men who use intimate partner violence need to be challenged, but to change their behavior their challenges also need to eb emphatically understood. Understanding self-presentation chracterized by minimizing can be linked to poor social and emotional processing skills, which in turn can be linked to traumatic life experiences, substance use problems and other stressors. Thus, men's denial can also be used as a port of entry for change in some cases.

Henning Mohaupt
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This page is a summary of: Positioning and self-presentation as fathers by men in treatment for intimate partner violence., Psychology of Violence, January 2024, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/vio0000498.
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